Tabla Jugalbandi For Ustad Samshuddin Khan
Shashi & Ravi Bellare
“This recording from the Puniyatithi (memorial concert) for Ustad Shamsuddin Khan in 1968 is going to be one of the finest authentic and rare tabla jugalbandis (duets) you will ever hear. Shashi & Ravi were the first to introduce tabla Jugalbandi and Sawal Jawab (question and answer between the two artists). from a very young age in the early 1940’s they became two of the most sought after players of their time
Apart from being a celebration of their great grand guru, the occasion was further enhanced by the fact that the twins had not played together for several years, so there were many tabla players in the audience. Their duets were always regarded as the finest and the twins admired by great masters like Ustad Ahmedjan Thirakwa & Ustad Shamsuddin Khan. in this crystal clear recording you will hear rare compositions from the Farukhabad, Delhi, Ajrada and Banaras gharanas (various tabla traditions) played extemporaneously. Their guru Pandit Taranath Rao referred to Ravi & Shashi as the Ajanta & Ellora caves. he said that their knowledge of the art of playing tabla was so deep that the comparison was most fitting for the twins. Every time you hear this recording it will seem like the first.” – Rupesh Kotecha, student of Pandit Taranath as well as Ravi and Shashi Bellare.